If you have any children or if you want to be a mother someday, this is for you to read.
We all know the times we are living now put immense pressure on women to look a certain way: skinny, pretty, long thin legs, flat stomachs etc. It’s an epidemic and it is also affecting our young girls.
Many people are judged based on the way they look, not based on what they think, who they are or what they do. This has to change! We need to strive for more compassion, diversity, acceptance, and inclusion. Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.
Meaghan Ramsey’s TED speech is focused on this subject. I want to draw your attention on one statistic she mentioned in her speech: 6 out of 10 girls are choosing not to do something because they think they don’t look good enough.
Same as young girls, 17% of women will not show up to a job interview on the day they don’t feel confident about how they look. It’s not about how they actually look, it’s how they think they look.
We need to shift our self-esteem and confidence away from appearance only and start building it on real personal values.
To the girls in our lives, may they be daughters, sisters, nieces or just friends and acquaintances, we are role models.
If we want this epidemic to end, if we want the younger generations of girls to grow into confident women, we need to acknowledge that this change starts with us. It’s paramount we understand that the way we look is just one part of our identity.
Children are continuously watching us and take over a lot of our own behaviors. An empowered woman who loves and approves of herself is more able to raise a self-confident daughter, who is less likely to let herself influenced by the way other people perceive her.
Let’s be better role models for the girls in our lives starting today!
And if you know other women who might benefit from this information, please share.
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- Posted by Sara Fabian
- On August 13, 2016